Farm and rural land workshops / classes    

Welcome to Upcoming Workshops
Something for everyone!

Make and Take Bird Suet Feeder
Saturday, December 5, 2015
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Make your yard bird friendly by providing a suet food treat. We will prepare a suet recipe that is favored by woodpeckers, titmice, chickadees, nuthatches and Carolina Wrens. You will then be able to place the suet in an attractive feeder which will be a welcome addition to your yard or make a nice gift for the upcoming holidays.

Master Gardeners Christen Groeling and Bob Haggett will take you through step-by-step preparation of the suet mix recipe and the making of a log style feeder for the suet.
Information on the types of birds and identification of the birds that may be attracted to your new feeder will be covered as well as the recommended placement of the feeder.
Fee: $5.00 per person.
Class size is limited.
Register early!! Registration requested by November 25, 2015.
Contact: Nancy at 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

Raising Your Bull Calves Can Add to Your Farm Profitability
Monday, December 7, 2015
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension Orleans County
12690 NY 31
Albion, NY 14411

If you are thinking about adding a new profitable enterprise to your dairy or beef operation, dairy beef production could be a natural fit. If you would like to learn more about raising dairy beef, Cornell Cooperative Extension and JBS meat packers will be hosting this meeting at the Cooperative Extension Education Center in Albion to discuss the production and marketing of dairy beef.

Cornell University Beef Cattle Specialist, Dr. Mike Baker will discuss the beef cattle cycle, and rations that can be used when raising dairy beef. Livestock Specialist, Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program, Tom Gallagher, will discuss vaccination programs for dairy steers and dairy beef quality assurance. Vice President for Cattle Procurement at JBS, Larry Rose, from Greely, Colorado, will give an overview of JBS, including a feedlot leased by JBS in Nicholville, NY, marketing dairy beef and risk management in regard to raising beef.

Please register for by December 2 to give us an accurate lunch count. There will be no charge to attend this educational event but your timely registration guarantees a lunch.

Participants must pre-register by contacting Cathy or call 585-393-3040 x 138 with your name, address, and phone number.

Evergreen Wreath Making Workshop
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Making fragrant evergreen wreaths is a creative and fun way to get in the Holiday spirit. Roger VanNostrand, Master Gardener will be conduction a wreath making workshop on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension Center, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. All materials including frames, wire, greens, natural trim items, and bows will be provided to make a 12 inch diameter wreath.

Participants are urged to bring their own hand pruners, gloves, any favorite natural materials and any ornaments you would like on your wreath. If you have a wreath frame that you would like to use, you can also bring that with you.

Roger will demonstrate how to make and trim a natural wreath. He and other Master Gardeners will assist those needing help in assembling their wreaths.

Fee: $15.00/person
Participants must pre-register by November 30, 2015 by contacting Nancy or call 585-394-3977 x 427 with your name, address, and phone number.

Cornell Cooperative Extension to Host Calf and Heifer Congress 2015: "Manage What Matters" Conference
Tuesday and Wednesday, December 15 & 16, 2015
East Syracuse, NY

This conference is for dairy farmers, heifer raisers, and industry advisors. This exciting program will cover topics pertinent to replacement heifer management from birth to calving, and is once again planned and coordinated by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team.
An excellent slate of speakers and outstanding dairy producers will deliver practical information of interest to dairy producers, industry, extension personnel and college staff alike. Numerous supporters to this two day conference will be on hand with displays and representatives to visit with attendees about ways to achieve superior results in the heifer enterprise.
Several standout speakers this year include Dr. Sheila McGuirk of the University of Wisconsin and Dr. Franklyn Garry of Colorado State University, who will discuss the impacts of dystocia, health risk assessment and strategies for disease control. In addition, Dr. Mike Van Amburgh of Cornell University and Dr. Bob Corbett of Dairy Health Consultation will delve into the research, biology and field experiences of providing consistent, superior management from birth to calving.
For more conference information including the complete agenda, cost, lodging, meals and registration details go to Conference Registration. You may register with a credit card on-line or print off a form to fill out and mail in with payment by check.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario Brings MeatSuite, an Online Directory of Livestock Farms Selling in Bulk, to our County!
Livestock Producers MeatSuite Meeting

Thursday, December 17, 2015
7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424 is an online directory of NY livestock producers launched across nine counties in 2012 that allows consumers to shop for bulk meats in one simple stop. Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario County is pleased to host an upcoming informational meeting for livestock producers on joining MeatSuite led by Nancy Glazier, Livestock Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension, to be held December 17th from 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm at 480 North Main St., Canandaigua. The meeting will inform attendees how to create an effective profile on as well as on meat cut out. Cornell Cooperative Extension will support farmers in joining the website, as well as with promoting MeatSuite to consumers to let them know it’s a convenient way to “Find Your Farmer” and “Fill Your Freezer”!

For questions on in Ontario County, contact Marie or call 585-394-3977 x 402.

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